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River Horse Tripel Horse - River Horse Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 9
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
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River Horse Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jerseyemt on 05-21-2003

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Photo of drtth
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: As poured the beer is a lightly hazed golden apricot color with a 1" fluffy white head, with a cluster of large bubbles on top. The head slowly but noticeably recedes to a ring of foam and an island of foam with a thin layer over the rest of the surface of the liquid. Some foam clings to the sides of the glass. Sipping leaves speckles of foam that mostly slide back down into the liquid.

Smell: Immediately on opening the beer there is a pleasant aroma of yeast and spices leaving no doubt this is a Belgian style beer but on further reflection and after repeat sniffs there is a touch too much spice in the nose. However, one thing I like about the aroma is that it seems well integrated so that neither the yeast nor the spices shove the other aside. I'm not really picking up any hints of the high ABV.

Taste: The flavors begin sweet, some of which is from the alcohol and some of which has a light caramel character from the malt. There is no burn from the alcohol and some vanilla, nutmeg and coriander ride over the top hiding some of the yeast character and keeping their presence known.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied but lightly creamy with thin carbonation. The finish is medium in length, has some hop bitterness that pops out from the spicy sweetness and then fades into dryness at the back of the palate.

Drinkability: This is an interesting take on a Tripel. Its not as yeasty as I'd expect a tripel to be nor does it have the green orchard fruit flavors I like in my favorite tripels. But that being said I'm enjoying this beer and it makes up for some of its defects by being quite pleasant to drink. With this ABV it is a "one a night" beer that I'll probably have again one day, but its not the first Tripel I'd reach for while shopping.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa a few weeks back and finally got around to giving this a shot. I noticed that River Horse redid a lot of the packaging for the product and I'd never given this a shot before. With both of those in mind, I wasn't sure how close this would be to a beer from Belgium but I had to admit, this was a bit better than I anticipated!

The pour was by far the best aspect of this beer - a gorgeous opaque dark gold hue could be seen once I got everything, including the sediment, out of this bottle. The head was nice and the lacing was pretty good as it indicated where I drank down to after each sip. The taste was that of the vanilla that was described on the label, along with a very high amount of sugary sweetness, bubble gum, and vanilla. Even though it sounds complex, those combination of flavors was thinner than other Belgians and Trippels that I've had before and allowed this to go down relatively easily, especially when combined with the relatively light mouthfeel.

Of course, this packs a wallop in terms of the alcohol but that's to be expected. I couldn't have more than one of these in a sitting but that has more to do with the style than how this beer was brewed. While not the best Trippel out there, it's nice to see a New Jersey Brewer give this a go and for an occasional foray into something rare, this wouldn't be a bad choice at all!

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

The Tripel is a tough style to go after as there are not too many original examples to compare it to, though a lot of renditions lean more toward the Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Massive bubbles gather from the very active carbonation which is to style. Bright golden amber color with a good enough clarity. Lilac, bubble gum, raw honey, vanilla, hint of solvent-like varnish and sage make for a very complex aroma. Big biting crispness followed by a slick smoothness from a fluffy medium body. Medicinal phenols are present with slight Band-Aid and bubble flavor, nothing too harsh. Cracker maltiness. Estery fruitiness ranges from star fruit to papaya, green banana to kiwi. Alcohol is warming and a little wild. Puckering yeast, powdery and chalky. Hint of green peppercorn, thick herb and a dry maltiness finish the beer off with a dry finish.

Calling this a Tripel is a stretch, as without a doubt it's closer to a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Phenols and esters bring it to that level. Perhaps we are splitting hairs here. We'll simply deem this beer worthy of a try.

Photo of number1bum
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy orange/amber hue with an inch and a half of creamy off-white head. Head settles slowly, keeping a pretty solid, full lace, and some nice webbing on the sides of the glass.

Smell has some must and spice, as well as sweet malt, some booze and a good amount of fruit. Apple and apricot come to mind, and as the beer warms up the spices open up and I get some pepper and clove. Not a bad nose, and the fruitiness is nice, but it lacks any real Belgian character.

Taste is sweet up front, with a good amount of caramel and pale malt sweetness. Good amount of fruit like the nose as well, I am thinking apricots, some citrus and a bit of green apple too. The fruitiness is nice. There is a pretty good level of spicing here too, peppery and somewhat woody. Like the nose, however, I am disappointed by the lack of any good Belgian yeast character; I don't know what kind of yeast strain they are using but few of the aforementioned flavors, either fruity or spicy, seem to come from the yeast. Still, I think there is some good flavor here. There is some alcohol evident at times but it's a tripel, so it's forgivable.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and pretty creamy and rich feeling. There is some bitterness in the finish and a sort of dirty flavor that just muddles the finish a bit and detracts from the creamy smooth feel of the beer.

This isn't too bad, and could probably be a very good American tripel if it were using a better yeast strain. I just want to see some more Belgian yeast character. The fruit and spice notes are nice, and the level of sweetness is good. Some more yeast-derived complexity and this could be a very good American tripel.

Photo of jhammel01
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey colored couldy gold, fluffy head that dissipates quickly but keeps plenty of lacing.

Not much smell here. Strong belgian yeast is the most you'll smell. Not bad though!

Tastes strongly of belgian yeast 1st and foremost, banana and heavy spice. Nice finish with stong alcoholic burn. Not bad at all!

Nice mouthfeel, not to light or heavy, just right and perfect for a nice cool night like tonight.

Photo of beer2day
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apricot gold pour with towering pillowy head. Very active carbonation. Crazy retention and light lace.

Nose is very sweet. Typical candy sugar but with lots of side spice. Creamsicle comes to mind for some odd reason.

Tart to sour hit. Fruity with a sour apple kick. Hot and spicy finish, like a weak red hot.

Fairly creamy for the style. Lots of fizz there, too.

The harsh finish makes this a good sipper, but one is plenty for me.

Photo of mrgrinch
2.94/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Light orange-to-orange in color. Decent head. Served in a plastic sample cup at the brewery, so I could not see the clarity, etc.

Smell - Really spicy.

Taste - Spicy and boozy. Too strong to be pleasant for me.

Mouthfeel - Thin and dry.

Drinkabililty - Not for me.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a St. Bernardus goblet.

Thanks to stevglad and the N00b BIF for this bottle!

A tripel horse...what an abomination of nature! It pours a hazy amberish-straw topped by a quickly-fading finger of white foam. The nose is straight tripel, comprising pepper, Belgian-y yeast, cardamom, a hint of coriander and citrus peel, and wheat. The taste generally follows, though the usual spiciness is drowned out by a wave of citrusy wheat. This is a bit of a letdown after the smell led me to believe other things were coming to me. The body is a nice medium, with a lightish carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, not the best tripel out there...there seems to be a lack of the necessary spice and tripel-ness. Something like that.

Photo of samie85
2.04/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A-Pours a hazy orange/light amber color with a one finger white head that quickly disspates.

S-I'm getting bubblegum, vanilla, and some nutmeg or allspice with a bit of apple, and some plum. Pretty interesting aromas; I'm drooling...

T-Wow, not following the nose at all. First thing I taste is what solvents/rubbing alcohol smell like with some spicy characteristics(nutmeg/allspice) with vanilla and then back to that solvent/rubbing alcohol taste. Pretty rough.

M-The mouth feel is pretty thin with lots of carbonation and a dry and warming alcohol finish in the back of the mouth and throat.

D-Not good at all, the alcohol is way too present and I'm pretty sure that's what is ruining this beer for me. I can't get by the alcohol, it totally overwhelms the rest of the flavors in this beer. Things seemed so promising based on the nose.

Photo of Tucquan
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this in Columbia, PA on 2010-04-03

A - Clear amber with a 1.5 finger, white head

S - Sourdough and apple

T - Sourdough, apple, sugar, alcohol. Sweet finish. Not remarkable flavors; a bit bland.

M - Medium body and high carbonation. Very nice.

D - A decent sipping brew but lots of alcohol taste.

Photo of BravoTwo
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Straw, slightly more golden color. White head that did not maintain.

S - Spice notes, very belgian in the nose with complexity.

T - Spicy, nice belgian yeast character. Slightly more muddled than I'd like in a tripel. A little too boozy.

M - Nice level of carbonation, and a decent mouthfeel.

D - Drinkable tripel. A little less "boozy" and this beer probably would have gotten a 4.0 in the drinkability category.

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured cloudy golden with a big, white foamy head that died down considerably. Well carbonated.
S: Smells of alcohol and sugar dominate the aroma, while there are some hints of vanilla and yeast.
T: There's plenty of taste in this beer, but it's dry and not sweet.
M: The beer is well balanced and the flavors mask much of the alcohol.
D: You definitely need to let this one warm up a bit to appreciate it. Triples are meant to be slowly enjoyed but this is relatively easy to consume since it comes in 12 ounce bottles.

Photo of ToasterChef
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a 25cL chalice. The beer has a tarnished golden hue, somewhere between dirty straw and copper. There was a modest white foam head that has settled down a bit, leaving a thing coat of tiny bubbles. There is some patchy lacing. I can see a lot of carbonation within the glass. There is a yeasty and fruity aroma to the beer. There may be a hint of vanilla in there as well. There is certainly some vanilla in the flavor, as well as some alcohol, sweet sugars, and an overall creaminess. I like the creamy character, but there is something about the alcohol aftertaste that I do not like very much. It also leaves a bit of a mouthcoating that is characterized by the leftover carbonation bubbles sticking to my tongue. It has a medium body and leaves some stickiness on my lips. This is a fairly drinkable beer. As I mentioned, I don't like the aftertaste too much, but besides that I am enjoying this glass. I don't think I'd go for more than one bottle; there are more easily sessionable tripels available to me that I'd rather go for, such as Allagash or Karmeliet.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange caramel, with a light white head.

Smell of yeast, pears and other fruit esters

Taste is delicious. I have never seen a Tripel in a 6 pack and as such had to grab it today. Strong flavors of pear, doughy yeast, plums, some caramelized sugars, but light on the caramelization. Slight booze presence that will likely go away with some time. Medium body and good carbonation. This is a very good Belgian coming out of New Jersey in a six pack. I would definitely pick up this again.

Drinkability is good for the style . I enjoyed this slightly more than an Affligem that I had last night. Seems to be more complex, but perhaps that is why I enjoy it more whereas the Affligem Tripel is a little more nutty / clean.

Photo of tone77
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is somewhat sweet, fruits and yeast. Taste is good, fruits, malts, a touch of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fine quality brew.

Photo of jgasparine
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the tap with a 3/4" offwhite head, which slowly receded to a haze layer with no significant lacing. The body was a cloudy medium amber with some persistent carbonation visible from the sides of the glass.

S- Big crackerlike malts, bananas, Belgian yeast aromatics, candy sugar and some non-descript spice comprise the nose. Impressive twist on the Belgian style...

T- A near perfect replicate of the nose with some surprising hop bitterness in the middle and thru the finish. The finish itself also exhibits some distinct corriander and lingering booze. Again, a nice American iteration of the Belgian style...

M- Nice medium to large body. Nicely underattenuated, with a creamy soft carbonation.

D- Smells good, tastes good, and goes down as smooth as a 10% abv brew can.

Photo of beer272
4.41/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - appearance ok, not a translucent beer, blocks light. The beer is orange, orange, maybe 10% brown. Amber is yellow orange. This was closer to orange. Lacing ok, but one needs malodextrine or black patent to get good heads?

Also saw yeast at the bottom of the bottle, not problem for me as it is good vitamin B. Looks like the yeast had medium flocculation.

S - Very good for the beer style with Belgium yeast. This is my first Belgium triple!?

T - A give it a great rating once again for this 10% Begium Triple. Tastes very smooth. Slightly sweet with minimal taste of hops.

M - Great mouth feel, full bodied.

D - Great Triple, though keep in mind the 10% ABV, you want to be careful drinking too many at one time ;) Also due to the strength will get smoother with age.

I paid $40 for a case right at the brewery which includes the NJ 7% tax, so about $1.56 per bottle before tax.

From looking at the reviews I sense we are reviewing different batches from this small brewery.

Photo of sliverX
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange hued amber with a thick white head that hung around like this beer was on nitro big rings of lacing as well
Smell is citrus hops with a nice caramel maltiness
Taste is very malty with the citrusy hops tipping the balance bitter before the "tripel" fruitiness finishes the palate off, definitely an American version of the style
Mouthfeel is medium to light a bit to watery for my liking but not to the detriment of the overall
Drinkability is pretty good take a decent Belgian Tripel and soak a few hops in it and you get this

Photo of tjd112
4.36/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into Flying Fish pint glass

Appearance - Poured hazy orange with fast dissipating white half-finger head and little lacing

Smell - Very citrus like hops and a biscuity scent

Taste - Apricots, apricots, apricots

Mouthfeel - Moderate with a bit of sweetness

Drinkability - This drinks well for a trippell

Overall - A winner

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a light one-finger white head.
Not much head retention or lacing.

S: Fruit smell of apricots and apple cider with some sourness. Malts are bisquity and fresh bread and hops are citrusy.

T: Hearty grains and caramel flavors give way to a pungent tartness of apricots, citrus, pineapple, and tangerine. Some sourness from yeast and a fusel alcohol presence.

M: Mouthfeel is light to medium body with crisp carbonation.

D: This one has a warmth that is a bit harsh and somewhat more sour than sweet as a tripel should be. It is drinkable but needs some mellowing.

Photo of leoqueloquen
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything about this beer was good
It poured nicely into a sniffer glass leaving about a finger of awsome and tasty white head....Color deep amber. the sweet taste doesn't stay with young which I like. This is by far the best RIVERHORSE I have had.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour -Comes out pretty viscous, this stuff has legs. Color is a deep, dark golden with an ultra foamy, pure white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Aroma - Sweet, spicy, vanilla-ey and yeasty. The major trademarks of the tripel are present and accounted for and making my nose very happy.

Taste - Very smooth and the ever-present alcohol warms the stomach almost immediately with this one, 10% is a pretty warming number. The sweet, sugary goodness of the tripel flavors comes out nicely and with it some of the spiciness as well. The unique Belgian yeast flavor is also present and everything seems to mesh damn near perfectly.

Overall - Impressive! I really enjoy this beer and commend River Horse for doing a great job and a very difficult style to both make here in the US as well as market.

Would I buy more of it? - I think I would. Maybe another trip to the brewery is in order.

Photo of quinnsi
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber golden appearance, slightly hazy with a finger of tight foam

S: Bananas foster! (Bananas and caramel with some bready yeast and malt)

T: Deep sweet belgian candy & light malt. Nice carbonation and very very mild hop tingle. No alcohol presence.

M & D: Coates mouth nicely. I could drink as many of these as the ABV would allow.

Overall a very nice, if sweet, tripel. Leaves a wonderful banana aroma in the mouth after drunk. My first brew from River Horse, and I must say that it exceeded my expectations.

Photo of ditch
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange color with an enormous head. Head hangs around till the glass is finished. Usually with a ABV this high the head retention seems to fade a lot faster. Maybe it has something to do with the yeast? Lacing is thick and chunky and hangs for the duration.

Smell is a wonderful fruity/floral bouquet. Hint of spice and yeast in there as well. Medicinal.

Tastes are hit or miss from bottle to bottle for me. Maybe a glassware issue? This is an edit. I have found this time to be a bit more enjoyable. Very sweet and floral. Still a bit of an astringent flavor, which I think is just a mix of the booze and yeast flavors. Not as overwhelming as the last one I had.

Mouthfeel is not bad here. Lots of carbonation! But, this is not a bad thing with this beer. But the astringent flavor makes you want to relieve your taste buds with a swallow.

Drinkability is pretty good. But the Overpowering boozy flavor keeps this one down to one a night.

Like I said, I've had a few other tripels that I have enjoyed. This is not one of them.

Photo of mltobin
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a singe 12 ounce bottle at Ancona`s Wines.

The first thing that is different about the Tripel from River Horse`s other beers is the artwork itself on the label. The colors are neat with a pig graphic and some warrior with a sword slung behind his back.
Appearance is a dark golden color with a nearly three finger head in the wide wine glass that I poured it into, nice. Onto the smell; a familiar scent, subtle malt, some citrus aroma, along with a sweetness. Taste consists of yeast, spice, wine, and sweetness. The mouthfeel to me is a bit richer than the rest of the characteristics of this offering from River Horse. The yeast and the heavy alcohol content linger for a bit. Drinkability on this tripel is good, but not as easy as some other out there. I say try this if you run into it on your local shelf.

River Horse Tripel Horse from River Horse Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.